Italy-based Sharebot has been coming to formnext for a few years now, checking out what the major Frankfurt show had to offer in 2015 before bringing the company’s entire professional 3D printing arsenal to showcase in 2016. The company, Claudio Bonfiglioli, Sharebot press officer and social media manager, told me when we met at this year’s show, has been appreciating the opportunity to watch the industry progress as reflected in the growing show.
“We have been enjoying 3D printing, as well as working in it. It’s so great to see it growing up here,” he said with a grin, gesturing to the busy Sharebot booth and the floor beyond.
The booth was alive with excitement for formnext 2017, as Sharebot proudly displayed their latest 3D printers and materials. Just introduced and on-site in Frankfurt were the new Antares SLA and Qxxl FFF 3D printers, along with some of the more established machines such as the DMG 3Delux DLP dental 3D printer introduced at this year’s TCT Show and the SnowWhite SLS machine, available since 2015.
As we looked at the available technologies displayed, Bonfiglioli also previewed for me some of what we can expect to see from Sharebot coming up. For its part, the Antares would be at home in a laboratory or research center environment, offering professional SLA 3D printing and remote management capabilities.
“We will be launching more resins in 2018,” he told me as we stood by the Antares.
Moving toward the Qxxl, Bonfiglioli noted that this machine was “one of the most important things here” for Sharebot to showcase.
“We are now focusing on larger sizes for FDM and SLA 3D printing. This machine will be much bigger and completely ready for industry,” he said.
“We are working on SLS, as well. There will be probably an evolution of SnowWhite coming. We are working on evolutions in powders, resins, and filaments; we will be completely open for materials. As we are going bigger, we will also focus on stronger industrial filaments. The Qxxl is optimized for PLA, and we will have more to come, more ABS, more beyond that.”
This year has been a very busy one for the company, including the welcome of two new shareholders in October as DMG Digital Enterprises GmbH and Dentalica S.P.A., both of which already distributed Sharebot’s 3Delux dental 3D printer, joined Sharebot as partners. Such relationships are critical for a company moving forward in the 3D printing industry, as distribution and shareholder relationships work to strengthen market positioning.
“We are really enjoying developing new technologies,” Bonfiglioli told me. “As well as our partnership with DMG and new resins for dental applications. These are not ready yet, but continuing to study these with DMG is crucial for us.”
The opportunity to see first-hand some of Sharebot’s latest introductions was invaluable to understanding more of their progres. The company is looking to continue to add a wider range of events to its calendar to allow for more strength in visibility and positioning. This week, Sharebot is making its US debut in Pasadena at the AM Show. The US marks an important market to consider as the company expands outside of Europe due in large part to Sharebot’s partnership with Techniplas, announced in September.
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